We never did St. Nick's growing up, but here in (the largely German) Milwaukee it seems to be very popular. I think it is a cute tradition though, so I thought we'd do it with Madeleine this year. I've heard all sort of different takes on it too. Some people just give an orange, some candy, some a small present. Then, some people put their stockings out, and some people put their shoes out. We decided to put Madeleine's little shoes outside her bedroom door, and got her a small present.
We bought her The Night Before Christmas book, as I thought it would be good to read over the next few weeks to help her understand all this Christmas and Santa Claus stuff; as I really don't think she has any idea what is going on yet. We bought this edition, as I just loved the illustrations.
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It was kind of funny as this is a pretty big book, and Madeleine's shoes are very small. I didn't take a picture of it (bad blogger, I know); but I wrapped the book and stuck just the corner of it in her little shoe. So, basically we had this tiny little shoe with a giant book sticking out of it.
We woke her up a few minutes early, so she could unwrap it; and then we read it quickly once before we headed out. She seemed to like the pictures as much as I did. There were lots of pointing and exclaiming "moon", "dog", and "baby" as we flipped through it.
I think this is something that we'll continue to do. It's fun and easy to do. The hard part will be remembering every year. I totally had it on my radar, and still almost forgot about it.